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Tuesday, November 26, 2013


(Norraine Swanby, Musical Director & Conductor of the Durban Men’s Choir)

The Durban Men’s Choir will present their annual Supper Theatre at the Kloof Civic Hall from November 28 to 30.

The Durban Men’s Choir has been in existence for 40 years and over this period it has entertained and given much joy to all who have listened to and watched the choir perform.  The DMC is a non-profit organization that consists, on average, of 38 members  who are all amateurs from all walks of life. The choir’s Musical Director and Conductor is the multi-talented Norraine Swanby, the accompanist is Ryan Canning and the Assistant Conductor is Peter Spence.

Since the inception of the choir in 1971, about 450 men have passed through its ranks. There have been 17 accompanists (the current pianist having been with DMC for 12 of the 40 years), but only two musical directors, the founding MD being Dr John Pauw.

Some 800 live concerts have been presented which equates to about 15,000 songs performed. These have taken place from as far south as Cape Town to Cologne (Germany) in the north and from Richards Bay in the east to San Francisco in the west. There have been numerous TV performances and a total of nine albums produced. The DMC currently offers six CD’s.

The DMC currently performs 20 to 25 concerts each year in a variety of venues. The highlight of the year is its three-night dinner theatre format where the choir performs a myriad of popular items together with a smattering of Christmas songs and carols. A three-course meal is prepared, dished and served by the men before they get on stage and perform.

Although the Durban Men’s Choir is a non-profit organization, income is required to cover operating costs, music and the production of CD’s. The choir members give of their time and talents for the love of music and the enjoyment their singing gives to others. The Supper Theatre is the Durban Men’s Choir’s principal fundraiser which allows for the continued existence of the Choir.

Renditions of popular songs such as The Rhythm of Life, a Queen Medley as well as evergreens such as O Holy Night are performed at Supper Theatre and a thoroughly enjoyable evening is experienced by all.

Supper Theatre runs at the Kloof Civic Hall from November 28 to 30. Tickets R125 (November 28) and R135 (November 29) and R145 (November 30) include a three-course meal. A cash bar is available.
For tickets contact: David Andrews on 071 126 9592 or 031 705 1937.